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Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  682 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Hans Holzer is a world-renowned parapsychologist and author of several paranormal books including Are You Psychic? and Ghosts, Hauntings & Possessions, in which we learn of Holzer's earlier forays into the world of the supernatural. His encounters with the undead are apparently never-ending. Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond is a gigantic volume, documentin ...more
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Oct 22, 2012 Hannah rated it did not like it
Another reviewer said this guy likes to "toot his own horn," and I agree 100%. I just wanted the ghost stories, dude, not your incessant ramblings and certainly not a resume of your minor accomplishment in the realm of psychic phenomena. Even though I agreed with some of his statements, he went about them in a very condescending way. The overall structure of the book needed some help and a little more organizing. The "proof" at the end isn't going to convince anyone, and I was very disappointed. ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost-stories
This book is great fun, but it's so huge you can't exactly take it into the bathtub with you. It has the best classic ghost stories and investigations of Holzer's career. It's also so big, bulky, and heavy that it could double as a murder weapon.
Benjamin Stahl
To put it simply, this book's 1000+ pages could just as well be reduced to 300 pages and nothing worthwhile would be lost. After all its infuriating repetitiveness - (all its many "true" cases which tell of exactly the same thing) - and the annoyingly arrogant ramblings of Hans Holzer, who loves to use exclamation marks and make witty comments more than anyone really should), you have a massive volume of mostly time-wasting tedium in your hands.

Although I don't want to write this off completely
Juan Manuel
Oct 22, 2009 Juan Manuel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Only worth reviewing to say... Stay away!!! Holzer is a poster boy for shameless self promoting, the writing is bad, the stories are trite and repeated throughout the book. I like ghost stories and have been collecting them from the people I have met... but almost all of the stories in Holzer's book ring hollow. I should mention, however, that I'm very skeptic to the "medium comes, says 'I feel a presence! It's a little girl, right now she is standing in that corner... she was murdered here!... ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hanz Holzer has always been an Idol, so i love this book, I've been reading it for years and years and will continue to read and treasure it till the day i die, This book is has everything and is great for a anyone interested in parapsychology in any form, its has great introductions and and case historys as well as a few storys thrown in the mix, This is not a novel or a book of spooky storys to keep you up late at night though so this is your warning, This is a book of collections of evidence ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Vali rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up with the 'paranormal' it seems like every house I've lived in for most of my years has been haunted to some degree or another. So I'm a firm believer in ghosts. So when I saw this huge book at a thrift store I grabbed it up thinking I would have hours and hours of reading entertainment. I was wrong. I read the first couple chapters straight through, then I flipped around through it. This book bores me. For one thing the author's writing style just doesn't grip me. Add in his egoist att ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Maryse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: occult fans
I remember seeing this sitting on the Booksale shelf with its prominent one-word title, and feeling my mouth water when I saw how thick it is. I was not familiar with Hans Holzer before I bought this, but the book is clearly a testament to his life's work in dealing with the unknown. It's practically an encyclopedia of his experiences and ghostly encounters -- some of them credible, others a tad too out there for me. What is interesting, though, is the patience he takes to be as scientific as po ...more
Apothekari Peel
Mar 10, 2011 Apothekari Peel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the definitive book on Ghosts and Hauntings. A wealth of information on the much scoffed at subject and a fun read for those into the subject matter. Holzer, refreshingly,[for authors in this genre anyway] seems to have no overriding agenda to push other than relaying his experiences in his nearly 50 years of investigations into hauntings. The tome is dense and imposing and is an easy read mentally but the physical size of the book limits the places one could be expected to read it. No b ...more
Nov 19, 2009 Lyndsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest when I say, I don't think I have read every story in this book: It's huge, darn near the size of a phone book in thickness, and slightly smaller in size. I really like this book because it's chalked full with ghost stories,some only a half a page, others multiple pages. I finally grabbed a highlighter and highlighted the titles of the stories I read, because there are so many! There is a section on famous ghosts, haunted houses, poltergeists, some very terrifying. I love this ...more
Jaime Contreras
May 19, 2016 Jaime Contreras rated it really liked it
This is an excellent resource for true students of the paranormal. This is not a book for the casual interested person who will find it boring or dry. Paranormal investigation is a serious undertaking and not the sideshow that many of the current 'wanna-bes' on TV put on for the general public. Mr. Holzer is a wrold-renown paranormal investigator with many books to his credit.
Rebecca Albert
Oct 19, 2007 Rebecca Albert added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in ghosts
It's the longest book ever. I am reading it in fits and starts. Hans Holzer wrote it back in the 60's & 70's and there is one story in there about Woodrow Wilson's Ghost predicting the Fall of the Berlin Wall through one of Han Holzer's mediums. I'll probably be done reading it in 2009 because it's the size of an Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Mar 28, 2015 Adam rated it did not like it
Made it a third through. Stupid drivel about a ghost hunter and his medium. If you don't believe him you're a misinformed idiot. Read his other books if you need proof of how right he is. Nothing spooky. Barely even any fun stories re the ghost sightings by others. Also repetitious. Yawn. Life is too short to read bad books.
Mom Jones
Feb 09, 2008 Mom Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed stories of the paranormal. This book was extremely interesting for any one who has interest in paranormal activity. No explanations for occurences just the experiences of people and of his visits to the haunted places.
Christy Corbeil
May 26, 2009 Christy Corbeil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I used as a Christian would use a Bible. it came with me everywhere. It is what got me educated in the world of the paranormal and I will forever be greatful to it and anything written by Hanz Holzer.
Jul 07, 2014 Rose marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sceptic (queue condescending lecture from the author) but I still find ghost stories interesting but god this author is an insufferable arrogant bore
J. Mark
Oct 22, 2007 J. Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of GhostHunters TV show
Shelves: non-fiction
A little dry, but lots and lots of documented occurrences throughout US and Britain. Some more fascinating than others, but lots to explore.
May 07, 2009 Mina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I go back to this book again and again . . .
Jan 05, 2014 ☺Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My father really enjoyed reading Hans Holzer's books full of case studies of the paranormal in the 1970's and would always pass them on to my siblings and me. Having grown up devouring those exciting and lurid stories of hauntings, demons & possessions, psychic phenomena, and mediums & spiritualism, etc. I was thrilled when I was able to obtain Prof. Hans Holzer, Ph.D.'s Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond for my nook! At over 1,000 pages, I'm really glad that it's an easily po ...more
Apr 17, 2016 mdmcreative rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mega book of ghostly investigations by Hans Holzer.
He documents stories from different locations, typically visited with a psychic (medium) as a tool. Seances are common as well. It's old school investigation without all the techie stuff.
Great stories, like the Stripper Joint/Pub that supposedly has the ghost of Nell Gwynn there!
Dec 19, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the most interesting 5.4-lb book I've ever read. O.o The author jumps to conclusions, at times, a little more than I would but he does try very hard to be objective and, for the most part, is. Some stories are repeated in multiple chapters but at least they're worded differently and give different details about the case.

This is just a pet peeve of mine but, there's at least one typo on nearly every page, which is something I've seen in other books, as well, and don't quite understand. I
Very hit and miss, there's enough stories in here to be entertaining but nothing that is outstanding enough to convert a reader who isn't into ghost stories.
Jul 05, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for those who are interested in the paranormal! Holzer is true to his stories and publishes a captivating book
Amanda Herschausen
Love anything written By Hans Holzer a true expert in his field,always a chilling read! This book was Awesome
Carrie Aulenbacher
Absolutely thrilling - here's one I can't read if I'm in the house alone!

I will buy anything from Hans Holzer. He is very reputable and does his research on a case before he writes about it. So you don't have to wonder if this is some half baked story when he has his name attached to it.

A must have to be out on the coffee table during Halloween!
Andy White
Jun 12, 2014 Andy White rated it liked it
If you love ghost stories like I do, but this in HARDCOPY and plan on reading it on and off for a year. This book is well over 900 pages (I think, I read it on my ereader). The interesting thing about this book is that it seems someone tipped over Hans Holzers file cabinets and published the contents. This makes it a wonderful and frustrating read at the same time. The attention to detail is fun and distracting at the same time. Again, hardcore ghost story fans, but it in hard copy and read a ch ...more
Angela Reeves
enjoyed the book but a bit to heavy a book to hold for long
Sadly for me, this book didn't deliver. It was a real slog to try get through and in the end, I gave up, it was too repetious, and just not as enjoyable a read as I hoped.

Wish it focussed more on who the ghosts were and why they haunted the place, rather than the great dribble about the medium going into a trance, and hans fellings, thoughts and background story about why he was there.

Don't recomend this book, it just is not enjoyable.
Some interesting stories and photographs, but my God is this man's ego on overdrive. He's the know it all type of guy that thinks everyone with a differing opinion is a total moron. I also found it creepy he kept mentioning preteen girls' "latent sexual energy" manifesting as poltergeists. I know that's a common theory, but he keeps going on about it.
Sep 06, 2013 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
There were interesting ghost stories but most were too short to enjoy. None of the stories creeped me out though. I believe in the paranormal having encountered 2 apparitions in the past, so I love a good ghost story, and I didn't find this book to be better than just ok.
Angel R
This book was ok. It's pretty basic and has a lot of haunted places listed all over the world. I didn't read the whole thing but did read most of it.
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Hans Holzer, whose investigations into the paranormal took him to haunted houses and other sites all over the world, wrote more than 140 books on ghosts, the afterlife, witchcraft, extraterrestrial beings, and other phenomena associated with the realm he called “the other side.” Among his famous subjects was the Long Island house that inspired The Amityville Horror book and film adaptations. Holze ...more
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